Whitehouse v Lemon


In 1976 the Gay News published a verse about Jesus having unnatural sex with a lusty Rman soldier as he was on the cross. The title was ‘The love that dare speak its name.’

Mrs Whitehouse took the gravest possible exception to this as blasphemy. It disparaged Christ. Whitehouse took out a private prosecution.

The court found in favour of whitehouse.

The Gay News was required to pay the legal costs of Mrs Whitehouse over GBP 7 000.

The Gay News was fined GBP 1000

The ECHR ruled they had no jurisdiction over the case.




About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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